Essential nursing care of the critically ill patient

Grealy, Bernadette & Coyer, Fiona (2015) Essential nursing care of the critically ill patient. In Aitken, Leanne, Marshall, Andrea, & Chaboyer, Wendy (Eds.) ACCCN's Critical Care Nursing [Third Edition]. Elsevier Science BV, Chatswood, N.S.W.

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This chapter is about essential nursing care. Because it is often referred to as basic nursing, nurses may not always perceive it as deserving of priority. Yet, how well patients are cared for has a direct effect on their sense of wellbeing and their recovery. ‘Interventional patient hygiene’ is a systematic, evidence-based approach to nursing actions designed to improve patient outcomes using a framework of hygiene, catheter care, skin care, mobility and oral care.1 This chapter focuses on the physical care, infection control, preventative therapies and transport of critically ill patients. The first two areas are closely linked: poor-quality physical care increases the risk of infection. The final areas are essential features of critical care nursing.

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ID Code: 95010
Item Type: Book Chapter
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ISBN: 9780729542005
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Elsevier
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2016 01:39
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2016 05:00

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